Portland,OR

Place 71 – Day 7: Portland, OR – Patisserie Breakfast

Patisserie Breakfast

We woke up and were pretty hungry, so we got ready, packed up and checked out of the hotel.

We walked to Pioneer Square, which is a main part of the city and found a patisserie.

We got a pain au chocolat each and then went across to a place called Public Domain for coffee, where Curtis got a (very small) cappucino.

We sat in Pioneer Square and ate our breakfast, which was also the perfect location to catch our train to the airport.

Airport

We got the train to the airport, which was hassle free, and then we arrived at the airport.

We got through security, which did take a bit of time, but then we wet quite a bit of time to kill.

We went for a walk around and decided we should probably find some food.

We were told about an app where we can get food delivered to us from other areas of the airport, so we gave that a go, but we had to use a phone number, so we couldn’t do that.

Instead, we went to a Vietnamese place where Curtis got a beef pho and Kim got a rice box with chicken and vegetables.

We sat and ate this whilst waiting to board the plane.

We eventually boarded and away we went! Left Portland just as quick as we arrived, but it was an really nice break.

New Call of Duty

We got back home and Kim went right to training! She was excited to be back.

Curtis played the new Call of Duty, which has just come out, and he has been very excited!

One Kim was back home, we had some scrambled eggs, which was a great decision.

One more day of work and then its already the weekend…odd to be going back into work on a Friday, but it’s just the one day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 138: Vancouver, BC – Friday Night Is Pizza Night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a full day planned out, his calendar had no holes at all!

He got pretty much everything he needed to get completed, done throughout the day and helped with a couple of tickets.

Curtis had a beer and chilled out a reward just before heading home and watching the remainder of the Leafs game.

Kim’s Day

The first thing Kim came across this morning was spilt milk! It was in one of the draws in the fridge and it had covered the bottom. So she emptied it out, washed down the bottles and left the draw to dry.

Kim then hurried back to her desk as there was someone in for an interview, they were 25 minutes early! So she and Kim had a nice little chat.

Surprisingly Kim spent the next little while still catching up on invoices. She also had a meeting with her team mate as a catch up on the dire drill that happened the other week. They arranged plans to make some changes and add some other little safety features in.

Shortly after this meeting Kim sat down and had some lunch with the rest of the team which was really nice.

After lunch Kim had set up a meeting with IT to see if a software that they already have in place for one thing could also assist with something that Kim and her colleague want to implement from a safety standpoint. It went well and they believe that the software company should be able to help and they are already in the works to have a demo meeting set up which is perfect!

For a little while after the meeting Kim finished her invoices! It was amazing! Now next week all she has to do is reconcile everything!

After sorting the invoices Kim went out to pick up the wine and cider for the afternoon drinks. Kim came back caught up on some emails and then set the afternoon drinks up. She then went and finished a little scanning before joining in for a card game and a nice long chat with people she doesn’t get to speak to very often, which is so nice!

As everyone dwindled away, Kim cleared up. She then popped out to send some post and was about to head home before she realised that her class this evening was in an hour and 10 minutes. If Kim walked home she would be there for all of 15 minutes! She didn’t see the point in this so sat down with a smoothie and relaxed at work!

Call Of Duty Beta & Pizza Night!

Kim left work late so went right to training from there.

Tonight’s class was so fun! Kim enjoyed the routine and really felt she kept up!

After watching hockey, Curtis played more of (and got better at) the Call of Duty beta.

Kim got back from her training and brought pizza!

We sat and ate pizza and watched TV all evening. It’s starting to feel a lot colder now in the evenings, so more reason to snuggle up and watch TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 137: Vancouver, BC – A Card Tower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wanted a break from doing the guides he spent all day doing yesterday, so he made an effort to not do any!

Instead, Curtis spent most of the day just setting up accounts and laptops for 2 new people that start on Monday.

After lunch, at 15:30 after his meeting, Curtis had a challenge to complete – building a tower from a pack of cards.

The rules were simple. Only the cards and box can be used.

Curtis was on a team with 2 others and they thought of the idea to bend the cards to use them as a structure, which is what they did.

Everyone started to follow suit but in the end, after some drama of the ‘judge’ accidentally knocking down another tower, Curtis’ team won and got tickets to do an escape room!

Curtis setup desks for the new people and completed a couple of tickets at the end of the day and then left to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she remembered that she had some fruit from the catering in the fridge, so she chopped up some more and made a nice little fruit salad. Kim then turned her attention to the drinks fridge and restocked that.

When she got back to her desk is was time to save more of the invoices. She is making good progress, but gets interrupted by the phone and other emails which disturbs the flow!

As two people were leaving to pick up their lunch they invited Kim along so she went for a nice walk with them to the shop. When they got back they all sat down for some lunch. It was so nice.

After lunch Kim took some time to rearrange her calendar for next week and warning people of thw big meeting room cleanout taking place tomorrow. She then continued on with the invoices.

Kim arranged a meeting with a colleague so she could help Kim figure out what should and shouldn’t be kept from behind at reception. She went through and organised it in to piles and then they quickly went through it together and Kim managed to organise paperwork and throw a whole lot out.

The last bit of the afternoon was continuing on with the invoices.

Back To Silks

We actually walked home together today, which is the first time in a while as Kim didn’t have to stay late.

We got home and watched some YouTube whilst Curtis had some thai curry for dinner.

Once Kim left to go to Silks, Curtis played the new Call of Duty beta!

Kim drove out to Richmond and had an open silks practice session. It felt like Kim has no muscle mass in comparison to when she left.

Kim was able to climb okay but her invert and combo moves were gross!
As a result of this, when kim got home, she went straight to the gym to focus on legs, core and flexibility. Hopefully that will help!

Kim got home and we watched some more TV and then went to sleep.

We can’t believe its Friday already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 78: Vancouver, BC – Study, Study, Study

We woke up without an alarm for the first time in what felt like forever and it was around 10:00 so a perfect time.

We had a pain au chocolat each which Kim picked up from Urban Fare. they’re great, covered in chocolate and big!

Kim then spent most of the day studying for her first aid course she is doing this week coming, whilst Curtis played games.

At one point, we did speak with Kim’s parents, briefly, and then we went to Starbucks (one we didn’t realise was there and is closer!) Purely so we could order off our phones and get a deal for a free drink!

We went out the house to the shop to get stuff for dinner and for the week.

Once we got that and then got back, we got our food started.

Curtis found a recipe for a simple yet delicious dish with minced beef.

This was a mix of a soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, chili flakes & probably some other stuff other than that, it was delicous though!

Kim did a little more studying and then we had a small glass of the wine we had left whilst watching some TV.

Not a very interesting day but Kim only got the study material end of last week and needs to know it for this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 311: Auckland – Client Visit Makes A Busy Day

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis woke up surprisingly easy this morning!

The milk was still frozen, so Curtis was unable to eat at home, meaning he had to take his breakfast to work.

Once he got to work, he ate his breakfast, made a coffee and got into reading his emails.

Curtis then found out he had to go to a client for what turned out to be most of the morning and some of the afternoon.

A new colleague of Curtis’ started today, so he met him and then left to go to the client.

He left at 09:00 and was at the first site by 09:25. Curtis was there for a couple of hours and then drove to the other site, where he stated for an hour and a half, helping people out, and then got back to the office at 13:00.

Curtis then had lunch and after lunch had to catch up as well as complete admin.

Curtis then left for the day and the traffic was very light too, which helped!

Both of us;

Kim got home from work and we had some dinner. Kim made a chicken and bacon pasta.

We watched some videos followed by NCIS:LA and then Kim booked some things for our road trip and Curtis played Call of Duty with Josh and Danielle.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 304: Auckland- Onehunga Shopping & Cornwall Park

We woke up way later than planned or expected, at 11:30!

We had a quick bite of breakfast, showered and left the house.

We met Josh and Danielle in Onehunga, at the mall.

The mall was very busy! We walked around the mall with Danielle and Josh, stopping in a lot of shops. The mall is an outlet mall, so lots of great deals! Kim got some sunglasses and Curtis got some swimming shorts.

We left here and Curtis wasn’t feeling great, so we grabbed a bottle of orange juice to drink. We then drove over to Cornwall Park and walked to see the sheep and lambs!

Lambs_CornwallPark
The lambs!

We left Cornwall park and headed to Glenfield mall. The day today had odd weather. we were warm and then absolutely freezing, especially once the wind came in.

When we got to Glenfield, we went to get just a couple of items from the shop (pasta, wine & strawberries…A normal shop!) And then went to get a coffee from Little Things, which as excellent as always.

We got home and did a bit of laundry, then watched the Great British Bake Off.

After that, Kim made hoisin duck and mushroom pasta and we watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate.

After that, we watched the apprentice.

Once we were done with that, we played some Call of Duty with Kim’s friend Ryan, then it was bedtime.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 303: Auckland – Broken PCs, Call of Duty Release & Drinks with Friends

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to be office early, as per usual, and was able to finish setting up a laptop he was setting up.

Shortly after, Curtis got a phone call about someone’s PC not starting up. Curtis sent them some guides of things to try but it was no use, so Curtis went to pick up the PC in the afternoon.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he spent the whole time trying to fix that PC.

Eventually, after a couple of hours, Curtis was able to fix the PC, but then it was home time.

The traffic wasn’t great on the way back, but Curtis was still home at a good time.

Both of us;

Kim got home a lot earlier as her work had a power cut so she got to go home early!

Kim went out with a work friend and had some drinks and some food.

Kim then went to her friends house and played on their virtual reality games, which was fun!

Curtis spent the whole evening and night playing the new Call of Duty with Danielle and Josh!

Curtis picked up Kim from her colleagues and then we came home and went right to bed.

We’re going shopping with Danielle and Josh tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 277: Auckland – Curtis’ 23rd Birthday!

We wanted to sleep for a bit today, but we both woke up wide awake at 09:00!

Kim went out and got McDonald’s for breakfast and popped to the shop to get some ingredients for a surprise for Curtis!

In the morning, Kim made mini cinnamon buns, which were great!

Homemade_Cinammon_Buns

Other than this, we did absolutely nothing all day! We played games together, watched TV together and just chilled out. Perfect!

We did have to do some shopping, but that also meant a visit to Little Things again for a coffee, which is now our Sunday tradition.

We finished the shopping and came home. Kim looked up some places for dinner and decided on Tok Tok in Takapuna, which is an Asian fusion restaurant we heard a lot of good things about.

For starters, we shared a Wagyu beef & sriratcha mayo steamed bun which was divine!

Wagyu_Steamed_Bun

For the rest of our meal, we had Shaking Beef (beef with some sort of sauce and vegetables) and crispy duck!

The beef was so-so but the duck was excellent. lovely and crispy!

For dessert, we saw some other people had Vietnamese coffee, so we had one of those each which were amazing as always!

Vietnamese_Coffee

Interesting For From Curtis Here!

We got home around 21:00 and it felt really late! We chilled out for the rest of the evening, had a beer and a whiskey and headed to bed.

It’s been the perfect birthday for Curtis, just completely relaxing and eating great food.

Curtis is off to a client in Thames for the day tomorrow, which is a 1.5 hour drive away so that will be fun!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 276: Auckland – Wearable Arts & Post Game Antics

Kim woke up at 08:30 as it was ridiculously warm! Curtis managed to sleep for a bit longer and got up at 09:30.

Once Curtis got out of bed, Kim made pancakes and bacon for breakfast which as ever, was delicious!

After breakfast, we got showered and ready to go out. The weather today was excellent, lovely and warm.

Kim was going out with Tabitha to the city where they went to a ‘wearable arts’ show. Curtis drove them down.

Kim’s Day;

Once Kim and Tabitha got to the city, they found out they needed to buy tickets for the event which they did not do. This meant they could only do the free part, which was a shame but still cool! There were 3 people dressed up in interesting art designs.

After this, they went for a stroll around the city, seen as it was such a lovely day outside.

Curtis picked up Kim and Tabitha and brought they home. Right after that, they went back out again to get some Japanese food for lunch.

Both of us;

Once Kim got home again, we chilled out and Kim and Tabitha watched some TV.

At 16:45, we left for Curtis’ first ice hockey game in a month!

Whilst Curtis was getting changed, Kim and Tabitha went to a pet shop and there was a beautiful husky puppy there!

Curtis was using borrowed skates. They fit well but it was odd for him to get used to. It took the whole first period for him to skate as normal!

The game was a close one, though Curtis’ team outshot the other team by quite a lot! Curtis had some good chances but unfortunately the game ended 0-0.

After the game, we went out for dinner with Tabitha, Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. We went to Goode Brothers as we had the voucher from the quiz night!

We had a good few hours there and it was really nice to chill and just chat. We all good very into the rugby that was on, too!

We left there and drove home, getting home at 22:45. Curtis wasn’t feeling too well so we went to bed.

Tomorrow is Curtis’ birthday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 239: Auckland – Plenty Of Naps

Having been out last night, Kim wasn’t feeling excellent this morning!

Curtis didn’t feel too good either, considering he didn’t drink alcohol! Must have just been dehydrated.

Due to this, we had a slow start to the day. We had breakfast and then Kim chilled in bed whilst Curtis played games.

We then got ready and went to do the shopping. We mostly just got food for tonight and for lunches as we had quite a lot at home.

We got home and Kim had another nap. Curtis then joined Kim and we slept for 30 minutes or so! We actually felt much better after it though, which is good.

We then had some dinner! Kim made a mini roast dinner, with a chicken breast each, gravy, roasted vegetables, peas & creamy mushrooms. Turned out we were both very hungry!

We then watched an episode of Ackley Bridge and the Kim showered and Curtis played some more Call Of Duty.

It’s bedtime again! This day feels like it has been going on for a while, due to all the sleeping. Work again tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale